Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Wedding, Now You See Me 2) has joined the cast of the Michael Cuesta – directed adaptation of the bestselling Vince Flynn thriller novel series, American Assassin. In addition to Lathan, the film will star Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, and Dylan O’Brien.
“Vince Flynn created a universe populated by complex yet relatable characters who inspired millions of fans the world over. To have an actress of Sanaa Lathan’s depth and intensity step into the role of Kennedy while simultaneously having the opportunity to introduce audiences to the extraordinary talent of Shiva Negar means that Flynn’s vision of powerful but believable individuals remains the foundation of ‘American Assassin.'” – Michael Cuesta
American Assassin is one of 15 novels set in the world of counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. Each book in the series was a New York Times best-seller, the three most recent were number one best-sellers, and the series overall has sold nearly 20 million copies to date.
The script was written by Stephen Schiff and will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler.
Lathan’s acting career spans over two decades. She starred in classic films in the early 2000’s such as Love & Basketball, Disappearing Acts, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, and Something New. In addition to her film credits, she was a series regular in the second season of the Starz’ original series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, and can be seen next in the Fox event series, Shots Fired, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.